LONDON, Aug 15 (Reuters / EP) –
The Chinese regime is not willing to stay “arms crossed” if the protests intensify in Hong Kong, to the extent that, according to Beijing's ambassador to London, Liu Xiaoming, such mobilizations “are already showing signs of terrorism”:
“If the situation in Hong Kong deteriorates further …, the central government will not stand idly by and watching,” Liu warned, during a press conference in the British capital in which he has questioned the legitimacy of the mobilizations initiated in the former colony of the United Kingdom more than two months ago.
The ambassador has argued that Beijing has “enough solutions and enough power” to be able to “quickly” placate “any revolt” within the limits of the rule of law. ” “The central government of China will never allow a few violent criminals to drag Hong Kong into a dangerous chasm,” he added.
Liu has also directed criticism against the media, for his alleged biased reading of what happened, and for unidentified “foreign forces” to those he has pointed out for his “collusion” with the Hong Kong social movements. These forces, he added, “must stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs.”
“The evidence shows that the situation would not have deteriorated so much had it not been for the interference and incitement of foreign forces. Hong Kong is part of China,” Liu recalled, referring to the sovereignty of a territory that Beijing controls since the year 1997.
Hong Kong is experiencing its worst recent political crisis and the biggest challenge to Beijing since the president, Xi Jinping, came to power seven years ago. The spark that lit the fuse was a controversial extradition law that the Hong Kong government has been forced to paralyze for now.